Transporter 3

2008

Transporter 3

Critics Consensus

This middling installment in the Transporter franchise is a few steps down from its predecessors, featuring generic stunts and a lack of energy.

38%

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49%

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Strong-armed into transporting the kidnapped daughter of the head of the Environmental Agency for the Ukraine from Marseilles to Odessa, skilled wheelman Frank Martin (Jason Statham) enlists the aid of Inspector Tarconi (François Berléand) in accomplishing the treacherous assignment in this action-packed installment of the popular action series produced by Luc Besson (who also co-scripts). Frank isn't exactly thrilled with his latest assignment, but when his employer turns up the pressure, he has little choice but to deliver. His cargo is a feisty young girl named Valentina (Natalya Rudakova) -- who just happens to be the daughter of Leonid Vasilev (Jeroen Krabbé), the powerful top dog of the Ukraine EPA. Now, as Frank makes his way through Stuttgart and Budapest on the road to the Black Sea, Vasilev's men besiege his car from all sides, and his cynical young passenger gets a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome. As the driver and his cargo grow increasingly close, they both realize that making even a single mistake could cost them dearly. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Transporter 3

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  • Though director Olivier Megaton exhibits a good bit of that annoyingly jagged editing that's become all the rage in action films, he has the good sense to never cut away from Statham's pecs.

    Feb 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The flashy editing gets on one's wick and no one's going to win an Oscar - but, really, who's complaining? This is straight-up fisticuff fun.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • Transporter 3 is a reassuringly beefy thriller in which Jason Statham has to drive very fast across Eastern Europe with a Ukranian beauty queen on the seat beside him. No one, including Jason, has the slightest clue why. Never mind.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Statham is a relatively entertaining action hero - though he is better in the Crank films. The script is by Besson, but the director is Olivier Megaton, whose surname is the most exciting thing about the film.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • I had less problems with the characters and more trouble with the actual action, which felt really antiseptic to me.

    Dec 2, 2008
  • A mindless, silly waste of time.

    Dec 2, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Transporter 3

  • May 25, 2013
    Jason Statham takes one last drive in Transporter 3. After refusing a job, Frank Martin is abducted and forced to drive a mysterious woman to Odessa. While Robert Knepper gives a great performance and creates an intense and compelling villain, newcomer Natalya Rudakova is bland and doesn't have any chemistry with Statham. As usual, the stunt choreography is especially well-done; featuring a lot of dynamic and creative fight scenes. Transporter 3 is a predictable action film, but it still manages to be entertaining and a bit of fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2012
    The Transporter 3 could go up on the list of sequels we didn't want mostly because it fails to deliver the entertainment we wanted from this series. It's essentially more of the same, and that's not good for a franchise that isn't know for quality. The Transporter 3 is about Frank Martin delivering the kidnapped daughter of a Ukranian government official. The third entry obviously had little material and causes several problems. I doubt hearing a conversation about food and watching Jason Statham fishing is really what fans of "The Transporter" series want to see. Another thing I didn't expect from the third entry is to have over fifteenth pointless minutes of worthless scenes. I don't think the audience would have mind skipping a pointless chase scene, Statham putting gas into his car, and a painfully slow striptease from Statham. With limited material you could expect a lot of filler, pointless dialogue, and unfortunately the characters themselves become boring. The script is missing character development, excitement, and most importantly energy. I'll buy Statham driving a car sideways between two trucks, but not if it's this unmotivated. The cast is as likable as ever with Statham delivers everything you would expect from one of his movies. He does have some impressive fight scenes, unfortunately we also have Statham in chase scenes which don't look as cool and are poorly done. Statham acting is passable, Francois Berland is just as entertaining as ever, and Robert Knepper is great, but his character is poorly written. As for our supporting lady Natalya Rudakova, she's really awful and the movie really attempt to make her look as unappealing as possible. As for the rest of the production, it's standard. Nothing stands out and nothing stays with you from this sequel. The Transporter will satisfy those who want more of the same from the series, but it's not as good. There's certainly better action movies and there's better Statham worth your time.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2012
    Transporter 3's action may not be as original as the 2nd's, but it delivers in pretty much every other way. First off, the new girl Valentina is definitely the sexiest so far and Frank Martin's best love interest. I loved that Tarconi was back again, as he has become a big part of the franchise. The villain is just as good as the villain from the 2nd, and he probably seems even more sinister. I really liked the premise in this one, Frank and Valentina both have explosive bracelets on which will detonate if they go more than 75 feet from the car. It creates more of an attachment to the car he drives, and his car is the focus of the movie. After all, that's what it should be in a movie about a transporter. In the end, I really enjoyed this. It was exciting and kept me entertained the entire time. Better than the 1st, but the 2nd holds the crown as the best Transporter movie.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Transporter 3 is another Jason Statham mindless action film, but I will admit that I have a spft spot for this actors films. This is by no means a great movie, but I found myself entertained my the action just like in the past films in the series, and not really caring about the plot. But a film can't truly be great without a good script, and although I like the character of Frank Martin (mainly because of Statham), I thought the storyline of this film was a mess. The characters are forgettable, we never give a crap what is going on, and we are supposed to just sit back and watch men kill each other. So pretty much, the script is just like the past two films, although I did enjoy the story of the second film much more. The cast is pretty worthless, I mean I love Jason Statham, but he never really plays anything besides a monotoned killer. Natalya Rudakova was truly awful and I think one of the films weakest points, I mean just everything she did was of no signifagance and didn't effect the story at all. Transporter 3 grabbed me with some fun (and impossible) action scenes but has a forgettable script and untalented cast (besides Statham). Although that makes it sound like just a pure awful film, all we really care about in these films is the action and I was entertained there, so it turned out to be a halfway decent film.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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